Democrat Scott Cuddy announced his candidacy for the House District 98 seat March 28.

Cuddy is a member of the Regional School Unit 22 and Winterport Little League boards, and is an active member of his community who volunteers as a coach of rec basketball and soccer, and as a Farm League coach. He also serves on several nonprofit boards. Born and raised in Winterport, Cuddy is seeking to represent the people of Frankfort, Searsport, Swanville and Winterport.

“I am committed to bringing good ideas to life," Cuddy said in a press release announcing his candidacy. "I want to do that in Augusta, too. I will work to help our businesses thrive, take care of our older citizens who have done so much for us, to give towns the chance to reduce property taxes, and ensure that our children get a quality education that is paid for fairly.”

Cuddy ran for the same seat in 2016 against incumbent Rep. James Gillway. Following the election, Cuddy reached out to Gillway and offered to help with Maine Ocean School, a top priority for the Republican from Searsport.

“I learned about the Maine Ocean School during the 2016 campaign, and I quickly became very supportive of it, too," Cuddy said. "I joined a number of committees for the public magnet school. I’ve been a member of the program committee, the summer program committee, and have recently joined the finance committee.”

An electrician by training, Cuddy is employed by Saco Design of Winterport as a digital marketing and social media director.

“Four years ago my wife Kate, our two sons Ellis, 10, and Finnegan, 7, and I bought the house that I grew up in from my mother, Judy," he said. "I had always hoped to be able to do this, but with Maine’s economy I wasn’t sure I’d be able to. Once I knew I could stay in Winterport, I wanted to get involved in the community. Now I want to take the next step and begin to help Maine change for the better.”